Fabulous Feline Design
Customize your home with these cat-friendly design tips.
Customized jungle gyms and charming pet chaises are the new vogue, but the housing industry is experiencing the most change, with cat lovers adding on rooms or building custom homes in the name of feline design.
|Jeanette and Murray Phillips of Australia built a customized room for their cats.
Thousands of homes are being cat-customized across the country, and it’s not just an American phenomenon. Jeanette Phillip and her husband have created a cat sanctuary in Australia complete with a massive waterfall that hides an intricate network of tunnels and flows into a fishpond.
Pet-friendly designs available upon request include built-in scratching posts, wall-mounted seating and easy-to-clean flooring options. You can preserve the resale value of your home while creating an elegant space for you and your cats. Here are a few feline design tips:
When building a custom home, include overhead catwalks with plenty of space for cats to pass one another. Connecting the rooms by way of an open floor plan or the using exposed beams is popular. Built-in window seats offer a little luxury to both you and your cats. Remember: Never design a hiding place for your cats that you cannot access easily in case of an emergency.
Many cat-friendly flooring choices are available. Tile and stained concrete make some of the most efficient and elegant options. Heated sub-floors also are becoming popular among cat owners.
Christine Davis of Portland, Ore. set up an outdoor cat enclosure.
The development of virtually invisible fencing makes it possible to fence off a small area or an entire yard. When enclosing an outdoor area, remember that cats can easily escape if ground cover is not provided. If you choose to build an enclosure for your cats, make sure the enclosure is staked off, and provide a ground fence before adding plants and trees. Flagstone provides an elegant touch, particularly when you allow edible grasses to grow wild in the gaps.
Decorating your home is a personal endeavor. Choose to show off your feline friends with the many stylish new furniture fashions available, and integrate color according to your design tastes. Remember to use a semi-gloss paint for easy cleanup. Designing for cats is similar to designing for children — keep it safe and creative, and remember that they can (and will) get into everything.
Automated everything is the key to pet-friendly residences. Trends include automated litterboxes, purifying pet water fountains and automatic feeders. You can even add a kitty webcam to see what your cat is doing while you’re away.
Whether you reside in an apartment or a luxury home, there are no limits when it comes to feline design. You can easily customize your home to tickle any feline’s fancy!
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